The Italian Straw Hat

January 26-February 3



Music by Nino Rota | Libretto by Nino Rota and Ernesta Rota

Brimming with Laughs

This uproarious comedy, by the composer best known for The Godfather film scores, comes to Minnesota Opera for the first time ever. Groom-to-be Fadinard gallops around Paris on his wedding day in search of a straw hat to replace the one his horse has inadvertently eaten. The bright and breezy score perfectly captures the increasingly ridiculous situation that rides on the edge of chaos. After seeing this 1950s madcap romp, you’ll never look at a hat—or a night at the opera—the same way again!

Language

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage

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Synopsis

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Groom-to-be Fadinard gallops around Paris on his wedding day in search of a straw hat to replace the one his horse has inadvertently eaten.

Composer Biography

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Nino Rota

Best known for his film music and operas, some of Nino Rota’s most notable works were for the movies of Italian directors Federico Fellini.

 

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The Italian Straw Hat Set Renderings

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© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Set Renderings

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© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Set Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Set Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Set Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Set Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Set Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Set Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

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The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

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© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

The Italian Straw Hat Costume Renderings

© Lorenzo Cutùli
© Lorenzo Cutùli

Meet the Artist

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Andrew Stenson

The Minnesota native recently sat down with us to talk about Fadinard, falling in love with opera at the Ordway, and the excitement of performing for his hometown crowd.

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